Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Oreo Barista Battle: Tiramisu vs. Latte

Tiramisu and Latte Oreos 
 - Shop Rite / Target
Lady fingers, espresso, marscarpone, and cocoa powder. What's not to love? Tiramisu is one of my absolutely favorite desserts, so I was very glad to see Oreo's newest limited edition flavor, but then it got me thinking...didn't we have something like this already? 
There was a Tiramisu themed Oreo Thin released in Korea, (which I did try ages ago and never blogged about.) And here in America, Oreo released a Dunkin' Donuts themed mocha flavored cookie not too long ago as well. Both were successful flavors, but didn't make it to the permanent flavor line-up. I could have sworn there was a generic coffee flavored Oreo offered year round, but Google couldn't find anything like that. Maybe it's one of those time-traveling phenomenon things, like the "Berenstain bears." (I SWEAR it was STEIN when I was a kid.) 
Anyway, Oreo was releasing two espresso themed flavors at once here in the states, the limited edition Tiramisu, and the permanent Latte Oreo Thin, and wanted to see how they compared to one another and if the Tiramisu was any different from Dunkin's Mocha. Let the coffee cookie competition commence!    

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Cookies & Cream Flavored Comedy

Cookies & Cream Flip Chobani Yogurt  - Aldi
Do you know who Christopher Titus is? (You're reading a random Jersey girl's food blog so I'm guessing you probably don't, but hear me out for a second, we'll get to the yogurt.) He's an American comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. 
One night, when I was in middle school, I happened to catch Titus' first big comedy special, Norman Rockwell is Bleeding, and I absolutely fell in love with the way he used comedy to cope with traumatic life experiences.
Eventually, someone at Fox approached him to do a TV show based on that special. The result? Titus. A dark, yet relatable, television program that lasted a mere three seasons. You know how some people LOVE The Office? That's how I feel about this show. I own it on DVD and have watched it several times all the way through with and without commentary! The DVD box sets are incredibly hard to come by, but as of today all three seasons were released by Christopher Titus himself on YouTube for FREE
I thought I would share this little gem because the world is pretty much on fire right now and, "once you've driven your drunk father to your mom's parole hearing, what else is there?" 
Anyway, Titus and Jim Henson's Dinosaurs pretty much made me who I am today, and I wanted to share the series. Now, let's eat some yogurt!  

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Halloween-Themed Fruit Roll-Ups for Dinner

Franken Berry and Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups  - CVS
I'm alive! My day job opened it's doors a few weeks ago, and although things aren't quite the same as they once were, I'm adjusting to my "new normal," rather well.  
During my quarantine at home I made tons of fancy meals, 7 loaves of bread, at least a dozen batches of cookies, 3 pot roasts, and a lackluster copycat recipe of Auntie Anne's cinnamon sugar pretzels. Plus, I wrote, like, two food reviews. Whoops.
I thought having all that time at home would have allowed me to be more productive on this blog, but when everyone was trying to work from home, and do their college courses/exams from home, and the dogs were antagonized by the insane amount of delivery men outside...I had a really hard time sitting down and thinking clearly. I baked, wrangled the dogs, or did laundry and stuff around the house instead. Like cleaning out our snack cabinets, and low and behold, the very last of the Halloween-themed Fruit Roll-ups were there, waiting to be uncovered. 
Let's eat them for dinner.

Friday, April 24, 2020

MEGA Smarties

Mega Smarties  - Dollar Tree
Things I have learned during quarantine: Vol 2
  1. Leggings are not pants, but they are superior to pants in every possible way 
  2. Potatoes are the unsung heroes of thrown-together dinners
  3. Gossip Girl holds up fabulously, and it's what Riverdale wishes it could be
Smarties, in the US, are compressed tablet-style candies that come in eye-pleasing pastel colors. I have been eating these for years, and they are one of my favorite candies, but do they really taste like they say they should? I know the company says each color corresponds to a flavor, but...do they really? 
According the the company, the flavors are: white-orange cream, yellow-pineapple, pink-cherry, green-strawberry, purple-grape, and orange-orange. 
I find this a little mind blowing, because as a kid, I swore the white ones tasted disgusting, and refused to eat them, but now as an adult I think the white and classic orange are nearly indistinguishable. Was I really discerning as a kid? Or did the white ones just look like medicine so I simply refused to eat them? Who knows! 
Classic Smarties are so small, and delicate, that I never felt like I could get a firm grasp on each individual flavor. Maybe MEGA Smarties will shed some light on this life-long flavor dilemma.

Monday, April 20, 2020

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip!

Skittles Dips  - CVS

Things I have learned during quarantine: Vol 1
  1. My dark under eye circles are definitely genetic 
  2. Adding potato chips to chocolate chip cookies is the best thing since sliced bread
  3. I don't like yogurt even half as much as the rest of the world
I have avoided trying these not-so-new yogurt-covered Skittles because I think yogurt covered anything is disgusting. I know it has it's fans, otherwise the trail mix section at the supermarket wouldn't be 50% yogurt-covered-whatevers, but I just don't get the appeal. It's as if someone looked at chocolate covered raisins and thought, how could I make this, but sadder? Yogurt!
Someone must have looked at Skittles and thought the same thing, because these now exist, and after seeing them consistently on my Instagram feed for months, I finally caved in and grabbed a pack.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"It's even better when it's with ice cream" - Peaches and Cream

Peaches and Cream Cinnamon Rolls - ShopRite
About a year ago I reviewed the Strawberries and Cream version of these Pillsbury Grands rolls, and (spoiler alert) they were super disappointing. Why did I buy this new Peach version? I blame pandemic panic at the grocery store for my lapse in judgement. But there's a silver lining, I have something to blog about, and trying some new weird foods can be fun for the family. Plus, who know, maybe these will taste great too! (I doubt it, but a girl can dream...)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In a world of Fruit Punch, Swedish Fish, and Glittery Trolls Oreos, be a Chocolate Marshmallow.

Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo - CVS
Suddenly, I have a bit more time on my hands (imagine that!), and there's no better way to dust off the ol' food blog than with a new Oreo review.  
I have a few backlogged Oreo flavors I still need to type up, like caramel coconut, mystery, marshmallow moon, and maple creme (lot of "m" names...), but I wanted to push all those aside and talk about this flavor in particular.
Chocolate Marshmallow Oreos don't have very fancy packaging, and visually, they aren't much to look at, but what they lack in shock-value, they more than make-up in flavor payoff. 
Oreos have done marshmallow before, but never like this.